Pueblo Storytelling Traditions and Mine

Pueblo Storytelling Traditions and Mine

Just read Leslie Marmon Silko’s book Storyteller for the second time. It is a delightful collection of short stories, photographs, and poetry influenced by the traditional stories of Silko’s Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico. It’s worth two reads because it illustrates how storytelling shapes people, families and whole cultures. The shaping is subtle and sometimes odd. Silko includes a couple of stories that stick in her memory...

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Rules Are Different at 17 and When You’re Being Creative

Rules Are Different at 17 and When You’re Being Creative

Rules! Rules! Rules! You got a bike, a dog and a swimming suit——–And the beach is off limits!!!!!   I remember reading a John Updike short story about a young man working a boring summer job bagging groceries. Some bikini clad girls come in and buy beer and chips for a picnic at the beach. They invite the young grocery bagger to join them, and he does. He hands his apron to his boss and follows the girls out the front...

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